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To some, it’s hard to believe that Riot is already nearing its first decade of business. Every now and then more casual watchers will remark that the firm – responsible for just one game, League of Legends – has effectively come out of nowhere in tandem with the near-sudden renewed interest in eSports. But with 17 offices in cities around the world – Berlin, Brighton, Dublin, Hong Kong, STUDIO HOTLIST
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Istanbul, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, St. Louis, Santiago, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo – this is clearly no flash in the pan. Certainly, the Chinese telecoms operator behemoth Tencent doesn’t think so; it acquired a majority stake the firm for over $200m – an impressive return for the investors that helped prop Riot’s debut up with $15m.
League of Legends has been active for six years, and a development, production and writing staff of well over 1,000 are responsible for its upkeep, updates and upgrades. Industry estimates put its total income at over $1.5bn – but we imagine a third of that number comes from the non-software element of the business, the tournaments Riot runs to support the game and its fanbase. WWW.DEVELOP100.COM